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Tuesday 21 November 2017
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Dedicated Fan Starts Petition for Unedited Keanu Reeves Film, “Exposed”

A sad reality in the film making world is that many times, the studios and producers feel the need to encroach on the writer’s or director’s vision and make alterations that can potentially change large portions of the work. Unfortunately, this has happened to the newly released Keanu Reeves movie, Daughter of God (or Exposed, another studio change). Steve Reznikov, who had no hand in the movie, saw the injustice at work here and started a petition to release a Director’s Cut more in line with the original vision. He calls out Lionsgate for releasing an “incomplete and disjointed film.”

 

Exposed, a thriller from writer and director Gee Malik Linton released on January 22, has seen major edits to the point where Linton has chosen to remove his name from the project. The edits go beyond simple pacing changes, and have more in common with a child taking a pair of scissors to a film reel and piecing together the remains. The petition states that more than 25 minutes have been cut from the film, changing the entire message and flow of the work, removing the focus from a minority female character, and putting the focus on Keanu Reeves in an attempt to squeeze out more revenue. As of the time of writing, the petition has just under 200 signatures in only a few days, proving that there is interest from the public in the original work.

 

On the reviews aggregator website rottentomatoes.com, the film is sitting at an average of 2.2/10 from review scores, with 20% of viewers enjoying the film. One look through the reviews of the film, and you will see some repeated criticisms: disjointed, scrambled and mutilated. It is unclear how Lionsgate will proceed with the film, but the early buzz from the direct to video and streaming services is not positive. Hopefully the outcry is enough to force Lionsgate’s hand and give the original vision a shot.

 

Petition Link: https://www.change.org/p/lionsgate-premiere-tell-lionsgate-to-release-the-daughter-of-god-exposed-director-s-cut?recruiter=476168474&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink




  • Steven Reznikov

    Please sign this petition at the link below for Lionsgate Premiere to release the director’s cut. Thank you Michael for this excellent article.

    http://tinyurl.com/h592gnd

    • Phyllis

      Thanks for starting this. Would love to see the “real” version of this movie.

      • Steven Reznikov

        Thank you! 276 people so far support seeing the truth and injustice caused by lionsgate premiere.

        • Phyllis

          It is unfortunate that the studio decided it was Ok to edit the artist’s vision so drastically. I was happy to see that someone decided to start a petition. It makes me wonder how many other movies have suffered the same fate, and are deserving of their own petition.

  • M.

    what Mr.Reznikov conveniently ‘forgot’ to tell you is that scenes involving Reeves’ charater and the other cop characters were cut by Lionsgate, too. Also, the focus of Lionsgate’s edit IS on the ‘minority female character’. Of course, to notice that, one has to actually *watch* the movie before typing the article…

    • Steven Reznikov

      That’s a lie and I viewed both versions legally. The official trailer only show’s ana’s character for less then 5 seconds of the entire 2:01 and she is the main actress! The entire trailer and movie is dedicated to reeve’s criminal investigation and not Ana’s troubled family life and visions which was the director’s intention.

      • M.

        It’s not a ‘lie’; this tweet confirms the fact that scenes involving Reeves and other cop characters were cut : https://twitter.com/BrokenDownLucy/status/691868783879835650 This person saw the director’s cut through the same ‘legal’ means you did.
        No one was discussing the trailer in the article; your petition is about the MOVIE. Oh, and the final cut released by Lionsgate DOES focus on ‘Ana’s troubled family life and visions’.

        ‘ or world renowned film editor Hervé de Luze version?’ – wait. it’s de Luze’s version now? So what happened with ‘fight for the director’s cut?’ Sign a petition to see another editor’s cut? But not the director’s ?
        You’re getting as confused as the movie. No surprise here, considering who’s directing 😉

        • Steven Reznikov

          Regarding your bizarre comments being an Hervé de Luze version vs the director’s cut… Really that’s your response? You guys are too stuck on having Neo’s babies to see the truth. But please keep the stupidity coming. It really is entertaining.

          • M.

            well Stevie dear, it was YOU who advertised ‘it’ as an Hervé de Luze version . Quote from YOUR OWN COMMENT ABOVE: ” Let’s see, Lionsgate’s Melody London’s version or world renowned film editor Hervé de Luze version?” Being busy with having Neo’s babies does not affect my reading comprehension. 😉 But please, don’t let your lack of proper arguments get in the way of ad hominem attacks…

          • Steven Reznikov

            Congratulations on supporting a movie that was critically acclaimed at film festivals per the director’s approved cut (Hervé de Luze version) and then butchered by Lionsgate’s MELODY LONDON into the worst B-Movie in over a decade. Conveniently ignoring this same quote from that twitter poster-

            https://twitter.com/BrokenDownLucy/status/691845642243674112
            “Mango Fanatic ‏@BrokenDownLucy Jan 25
            The Lionsgate edit still portrays the gist of the story, but the directors cut has better continuity with all story lines and is just better”

            SEE THAT! “IS JUST BETTER”!

            Go to sleep M, you are continuing to embarrass yourself.

          • M.

            I do as I please, Stevie. Remember?
            Oh, and name ONE film festival where Daughter of God was shown. ONE.

          • Steven Reznikov

            Here is one with a link. Again further discrediting your anti-director commentary- “Toronto Film Festival”

            http://deadline.com/2014/09/keanu-reeves-cassian-elwes-fourth-collaboration-daughter-of-god-830473/

          • M.

            Discrediting exactly WHAT, Stevie? This is an article from September 2014. Daughter of God started filming in NOVEMBER 2014. The movie was PRE_SOLD at that festival; no footage was shown. So what was critically acclaimed there? The sale of a script?

          • *mic drop* for M

          • M.

            Oh, and when someone who’s on first name basis with Melissa LINTON says the director’s cut ‘is just better’, it makes me skeptical about that person’s opinion.

          • Steven Reznikov

            right, so pick and choose what to believe from that poster? Fine! Then review the 100+ comments on my petition from people who saw the director’s cut and agree that it is a much better film.

          • M.

            GML leaked his cut to 100+ people? Looks like Lionsgate’s gonna have a great case in court…

          • Steven Reznikov
          • M.

            NOTHING was screened there.

          • Noticeably absent are any reviews from unbiased sources about the director’s cut; oh that’s right – the director doesn’t own that cut either. So it has to be passed illegally for anyone to see it. But I heard if you DM Steve’s account he’ll hook you up! I have that screen shot too. Steve, the internet is forever!

          • Having Neo’s babies? Well bless your heart! I’m over having babies but not over practicing. Neo? Naw, mate. Not interested in a character but thanks for the laugh.

            Let’s talk about your Penny stocks! Too busy thinking you found the latest ‘get rich quick’ scheme and invested in penny stocks? Who led you done the garden path.

          • Phyllis

            Vile

          • vile was Steve’s suggestion that’s what this is about… So yes I agree with you Shillys, it is VILE for him to make such a claim.

          • Phyllis

            Axollot, it Is your attitude, as well as your approach, that is vile. Vile was your statement to which I replied. Certainly you cannot expect to bait someone, and get a different response. You can choose to display your ignorance but others can choose how to respond. This is a petition about releasing a director’s version of a movie. No one cares about your personal life, trust that! You may choose to attack people on the Internet, as Trolls do, and be treated as a Troll. You won’t get any more replies as your narcissistic personality won’t allow you to carry on a half intelligent conversation ^^many examples in this thread^^ .

      • M.

        a lie? From an interview taken while filming : (Keanu Reeves about his character) “[…] but then ultimately when I do find out who did do it, I end up protecting that character through part of the film and ultimately, I think, become an advocate for her, past the movie.”

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yq2AqJrnL3o&feature=youtu.be

        NONE of these filmed scenes were included in the final cut (Lionsgate’s)

        • Steven Reznikov

          To your point on the director not fighting for his movie before it was released? Wow you clearly are not operating with a full deck. So yes, you’re absolutely right – what a dummy he is for waiting until now to fight for his movie.

          • M.

            er. better check your own deck. you replied to the wrong comment 😀

          • His fight was simply to remove his name and attempt to buy the film back but failed. Tell me, who was going to release the film had he bought it back? Beuller….

      • Having watched the same movie as she had I cannot see how 20 mins more dialogue – which was stale dialogue fyi is going to make this film dramatically different. The rape scene was powerful; the message hit home. The rest were a collection of scenes that Linton had shot. He did shoot every scene and his name is still on as writer. Turning a movie like this into 2.5 hrs in a 90 minute movie market JUST DOES NOT WORK.

        • Steven Reznikov

          You have no clue who Senor Salazar is, do you? No clue at all. But all of us who have seen DoG know exactly who he is. That my darlings is your loss.

          The movie that you two are supporting got a big fat ZERO on Rotten Tomatoes. A ZERO! You’re too ignorant to see that your dream guy keanu is in the one of the worst movies ever made. DoG happens to be an amazing movie. Exposed is horrendous. Your ignorance is actually more entertaining than that horrible movie you’re supporting.

          • M.

            And you’re avoiding to see that the movie which got the big fat ZERO on Rotten Tomatoes (which basically means it was not screened for critics so no reviews to base the percentage on) was entirely written and directed by your dream guy GML. His material; his scenes; his side stories which lead nowhere.

          • Steven Reznikov

            Wrong again of coarse. Monkey see, monkey do. Lionsgate’s editor MELODY LONDON created a totally different film by the significant editing without the director’s approval. This “EXPOSED” movie getting A BIG FAT ZERO, is 100% her fault as the unauthorized editor. Stupid poster title was her idea too- “some secrets are better left buried”. What secret is better off buried? The rape scene? The fact that this movie is entirely different then DAUGHTER OF GOD?

          • M.

            it’s still GML’s script. His footage. His material. His ZERO.

          • Melody London didn’t write it or shoot the scenes. You do know who wrote Exposed/DoG? He didn’t have that name removed. What is 20 more min of mindless, stale dialogue going to do for the film? I don’t *see* it. And I was open minded until this trashing of everyone. Linton better wise up, mate.

          • M.

            I.don’t.care. who Senor Salazar is. I care about the fact that instead of just starting the petition (in his own name, not through a shill) GML’s team used dirty tactics like that hit article in Page Six, then the Root article – another one sided hit piece. Because of that approach, I will NOT support your petition.

          • Steven Reznikov

            exactly, careless people don’t deserve attention

          • Careless and reckless is Gee Malik Linton. He let Ego get in the way of a potentially good film about rape and coping with it. Making films requires flex. This movie has only a short film’s worth of ‘tight’ shots. GML needs to go back to doing more short films he’s not ready for feature length yet. 2.5hr film? 90min market. He’s not making Lord of the Rings or Hobbit or anything that will keep butts in seats for over 120min.

      • Wait are you fussing over the movie or the TRAILER? It’s done. Get over it and welcome to working in movies. Hope you enjoyed your stay!

      • BTW Steve your buddy should have fought for his vision before it was released. He knew what LG had created but Linton wanted it all his way or the highway. That’s not how it works for 1st time directors and not even JJ Abrams gets final edit say and Abrams is a proven director and producer of 2 highly successful franchise films.

        What I found most disappointing about Linton’s actions were the put downs of his cast through 2nd hand ‘sources’ [as if we’re stupid? Downie? Did you read the things he said and now you want us to help Linton? WHY?].

        He should have learned from the mentors he had on hand while filming and he *did* have mentors; but it was clear Linton’s EGO was always going to be bigger than his film. A first time director getting the *gift* of directing his screenplay and this is how he behaves?

        Seriously?

        Does Linton realize what a fool he looks like? And no I am not connected to anyone with this movie but have followed it as it was of interest to me.

        I am a rape survivor.

        So it was really disappointing to read Page 6 Reeves edited GML’s film bs or The Root’s little hit piece or the fact he can’t even admit the film that is out now? That’s his work, even if it is not his edit and it needed *more* than editing to save it. He had a great cast and crew. Rather than learn, grow and keep improving. He thinks he should get a bloody oscar for whatever Herve edited.

        I would have supported both versions – would have and would have spread the word to help a petition get them both on the blu ray. However, this whole thing has been ridiculous and claims of whitewashing hurts actual activists like myself working for equality. Move on. Learn.

        And ask your buddy to apologize for painting Reeves as a racist maybe?! That’s just ugly.

        • Steven Reznikov

          You ladies are stuck in a quagmire of ignorance. If you had the good fortune to see the director’s cut, you would know exactly what everyone is talking about. But don’t worry, one day you will see it, and at that point your ignorance will be forever written in stone.

          • Good luck on getting it released. I mean you’ve gone about it all wrong as did Linton but hey best of luck all the same. I was interested in it until shit got ugly. We’re not stuck in a quagmire.

            But you are showing that your few thousand dollar investment in this film and your expectations for doing so are irrational. Did you expect to become super wealthy? Art is so subjective to invest in. You have to love art to invest it in and expect to lose first; then if you win? Great. [right? You’re an investor…and friend of Linton]

            Every director, especially 1st timers that do what Linton has done? Never work again. *shrug* He won’t end up with anyone sticking their neck out for him. You know why? This trolling ignorant, rude and ugly behavior. As for investments, here’s a tip:

            Next time may I suggest you invest in mortgage derivatives, or gold, silver? heh. That’s the thing with investments – sometimes you win and sometimes you lose BIG.

  • Phyllis

    Internet trolls are the worst /

    • M.

      says an account created today with the very purpose of commenting in this thread.

      • Phyllis

        FYI, today is Feb 3rd, not Feb 2nd, but your confusion is understandable, #InternetTrolls must lose sight of calendar days and/or dates, while busy trolling.

        • M.

          ‘lose’ 😉

          • Phyllis

            #Sad

          • M.

            #shill

          • Phyllis

            #PseudoIntellectual

          • M.

            *shrugs*

  • Phyllis

    One has to wonder what makes a person fight against a director’s cut so vehemently… #TrollSoHard

  • M.

    One has to wonder what makes a person create an account just to comment on this specific thread…and set their comments history on private as soon as they start posting…. #ShillSoHard

    • Phyllis

      If one has to wonder why it is necesary to create an account to post a comment here, one is not very bright. I read the article, signed the petition and voiced my opinion. #InternetGoblin #ArentYouEmbarrassed I can see that you don’t know how to move on, but I will. Peace ?

      • M.

        #good riddance

  • Phyllis

    Happy to see that the petition is gaining more signatures! #SupportArtists

  • M.

    so much for ‘moving on’. Peace. #AShillisaShillisaShill

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